All shook up

Mary Tyler Moore stars with Elvis Presley in the 1969 movie, 'Change of Habit.'

Ursuline Sister Anne Michelle Mudd has devoted more than 50 years serving the King of Kings as a religious sister. At the same time, it seems the now-retired Catholic school teacher has also been a fan of another king: he of rhinestone jumpsuit fame.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer in Kentucky recently reported on Sister Anne Michelle’s love for Elvis Presley, expressed in an impressive collection of Elvis memorabilia that includes miniature Elvis cutouts, pillows and a thermometer.

A snip:

Sister Anne Michelle is a soft-spoken woman. She said people are sometimes surprised that she is such a devoted collector of Elvis memorabilia.Over the years, she has accumulated hundreds of items. Many of them were given to her by friends, family and students.

“The students call my house the Elvis Museum,” she said.

Elvis is even in the bathroom. The shower curtain is Jailhouse Rock Elvis in his striped shirt.

Elvis’ last movie, Change of Habit, was released in 1969. He falls in love with a nun named Sister Michelle. But the nun, played by Mary Tyler Moore, chooses her vocation over Elvis.

“I would have done the same,” Sister Anne Michelle said when asked.

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About George P. Matysek Jr.

George P. Matysek Jr. is the assistant managing editor of The Catholic Review in Baltimore. View all posts by George P. Matysek Jr.

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